Alan’s investment career began in 1997, coinciding with the onset of the Asian Financial Crisis. Since then, he has assumed various roles in investment banking, private banking, and retail banking, accumulating a wealth of experience in different facets of the industry.
One of Alan’s greatest strengths lies in his extensive tenure in investment banking. He has excelled in deal origination, acting as a bookrunner for primary and secondary issues of securities, and corporate broking. Notably, he has played a pivotal role as a bookrunner for renowned Singapore IPOs, collaborating with prominent companies such as Hutchison Port Holdings, Global Logistic Properties, Ascendas Hospitality Trust, IHH Healthcare, Genting SP, and OUE Ltd, among others.
Additionally, Alan’s expertise extends to proprietary trading within a UK-based hedge fund, where he traded various instruments such as equities, commodities, FX, and derivatives like interest rate swaps, options, and futures. This exposure has equipped him with a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies of the financial markets.
With a focus on portfolio management, asset allocation, and portfolio construction, Alan has successfully managed investment portfolios worth $180 million in the past. His meticulous approach and strategic mindset have consistently delivered favorable outcomes for his clients.
Academically, Alan holds a Master of Science degree in Finance, underscoring his commitment to enhancing his knowledge and skills. Furthermore, he is licensed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to issue analyses and reports on securities and collective investment schemes, further bolstering his credibility in the field.
Currently, Alan serves as an Assistant Director at iFast Global Market, a subsidiary of iFAST Corporation Ltd, a Singapore-listed company since 2014. In this role, he continues to contribute to the growth and success of the organization, leveraging his expertise in business and investment strategies.
Alan’s passion for continuous learning and sharing of knowledge led him to become a certified trainer by the Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF). As a trainer, he imparts his wealth of experience and insights on topics such as investment and wealth management, contributing to the development of aspiring professionals in the industry.
Recently, Alan completed a course conducted by NUS Business School on Fintech and its impact on the financial services sector. This program provided him with valuable insights into emerging technologies like blockchain and their potential to disrupt and reshape the financial landscape.
With a rich background in investment banking, extensive trading experience, a strong educational foundation, and an ongoing commitment to staying at the forefront of industry trends, Alan is poised to make a significant impact in the ever-evolving financial services sector.
Why This Blog?
This blog was created for the investment community. George Soros once said, “Investors operate with limited funds and limited intelligence, they don’t need to know everything. As long as they understand better than others, they have an edge.”
What I hope to achieve is to allow readers to have that edge which George Soros mentioned. There are tons of information out there in the market everyday. The more we understand the macro-environment in which the stock market is operating in, the more we have an advantage over the other market participants. The more data and understanding we have, the more informed our investment decisions will be.